After a long and challenging year, it’s safe to say that we could all do with a holiday.
A chance to unwind, relax, spend time with family and friends and of course, enjoy a bit of sunshine.
Thankfully, it looks like we might be able to travel abroad in the not so distant future. With that in mind, it’s time to start dreaming about visiting our favourite holiday hotspots once again.
One place is at the top of many travelers’ wish list for 2021 and that’s Spain. With a record 84 million visitors in 2019, there are plenty of reasons to visit beautiful España later this year.
Here’s why Spain should be at the top of your list too.
Over eight million holiday makers travel to Spain for its gastro-tourism each year and it’s not hard to see why. From fresh paella to delicious gazpacho and tortilla Española to patatas bravas, Spain has plenty of culinary delights.
In fact, many people believe Spain has surpassed its culinary rivals Italy, UK and France to become the number one gastro tourism destination, with San Sebastian claiming to be one of the world’s best cities for food lovers.
After a particularly dreary couple of months, we could all benefit from some much-needed sunshine. Thankfully, Spain is Europe’s sunniest country.
The coastal resorts of the Mediterranean enjoy, on average, more than 300 days of sunshine each year, well into the autumn and winter months. So, even if you decide to visit in September or October, you will still be able to enjoy outdoor activities.
An adventure haven
Spain is the perfect destination for water sport enthusiasts. With more than 5,000 miles of coastline, there are thousands of beaches to choose from. In fact, 577 have been awarded the Blue Flag status. And don’t forget the surf in Northern Spain - changing weather patterns make the Iberian coastline the place to be for surfers.
Spain is also a mecca for cyclists, with terrain to suit all styles and abilities. From the long climbs of the Sierra Nevada, to the rolling terrain of Mallorca and the short sharp inclines around San Sebastián, this is a country that really does have it all for the avid road cyclist.
If you’ve got a budding football fanatic in your family, then Spain is a wonderful place to go on holidays.
Spanish football is a major tourist attraction with the growing popularity of La Liga and Spanish clubs like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC. Attracting massive football stars like Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, it’s no wonder Barcelona’s museum at the Nou Camp is now the number one museum in Catalonia.
If you’ve spent the last few months dreaming of white sandy beaches, beautiful coastlines and laidback beaches, Spain’s islands are the perfect holiday destination.
You can take your pick of the sun-kissed Balearic or Canary Islands - every year, millions of visitors head off-shore to Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria for a mix of nature, relaxation and party fun.
A family-friendly destination
Spain is “the most tourism-ready economy in the world”, a safe haven for tourists offering holidaymakers sun, sand and security, which is especially important for families and older travellers who put safety at the top of their criteria.
It’s the classic family holiday getaway and one of the best value destinations in Europe for a summer or winter break. The flights are around two hours and air fares are usually pretty inexpensive.
Cultural city breaks
Spain has many of the world’s must-see cities including Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Alicante and Valencia.
It’s a culture vulture’s paradise! With Moorish Palaces and gardens, museums, art galleries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Roman aqueducts and ruins, cathedrals, monasteries, taverns, theatres. The only problem you’ll have is getting enough time to visit them all.
For more information or ideas on planning a trip to Spain, visit the Spanish Tourist Board website, Turespaña.